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Cowdenbeath FC 1Stirling Albion 0

Date: 30th April 2011 Kick off: 3:00pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 1st Division Referee: Calum Murray
Venue: Central Park Attendance: 415
Man of the Match:

A late goal from Stevie Crawford gave us our fourth win of the season over relegated Stirling Albion but joy soon turned to despair as the news filtered through that Ross County had grabbed an injury time winner at Falkirk.

Stirling may have been relegated some weeks ago but they opened the game positively and in nine minutes Smith hit the side net from an acute angle.

Then in 26 minutes McHale, a former Blue Brazilian, tested Roy with a 15 yard volley following good work by Aitken, but two minutes later Cowden should have taken the lead when Crawford's long pass sent Miller on a run into the Albion box, but with just the keeper to beat he dragged his shot wide.

On the half hour Crawford was fouled on the edge of the Binos box and Stewart's left foot free-kick was held under his own bar by Christie. Stirling, with wind advantage, finished the half strongly, and Roy responded brilliantly to deny efforts from Mullen and Buist.

In 47 minutes Armstrong's hesitation let Mullen in but quick thinking by Robertson saw the danger cleared and then six minutes later Smith got free in the Cowden box but from only eight yards out he fired wide.

Ten minutes into the half Makel set up Miller only to see Christie race from his line to grab the ball before the youngster could convert.

In 67 minutes Linton's corner was met by O'Brien and his headed effort thundered off the bar then four minutes later another Linton corner saw O'Brien's header cause danger but McHale headed off the line. The home pressure paid off with nine minutes left. Makel created the clear opening with some neat footwork and Stevie Crawford was lying handy to fire home from eight yards out.

Albion tried to retaliate and they forced a couple of corners but the home defence stood firm to clinch the win only for County to grab that all important winner at Falkirk.

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Stirling Albion